Philip was recovering at his home in eastern England after escaping without injury. It was when his car flipped over following a crash with another vehicle.
Firstly, this news came as a shock to many people.
Prince Philip was at the wheel of his Land Rover when it collided with another car on a road close to his private residence in Norfolk on Thursday afternoon. While the woman driver and a female passenger in the other car along with a baby needed hospital treatment for minor injuries, Philip was unhurt, although shaken.
Roy Warne, who pulled Philip from the wreckage said:-
“It was an astonishing escape for everyone. The accident had occurred when Prince Philip was pulling out of a driveway onto a main road. Suddenly, there was a huge collision with another car. People went to the other car and there was a baby in the back”.
“MY LEGS! MY LEGS”! ‘The Sun’ splashed on its front page. It’s reportedly the phrase the Duke of Edinburgh yelled as he was pulled from the wreckage. It quoted him as saying: “I was blinded by the sun”.
The Duke of Edinburgh wasn’t drunken driving
Police said both drivers involved in the accident had been breath tested. But neither were over the alcohol limit. Coincidentally, local councillors were due to meet on Friday to discuss safety concerns and lower speed limits. The meeting was to be held near the place where the accident took place.
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Although, Philip was safe and not injured, the accident stirred up. It is what ‘The Sun’ described as Britain’s “age old debate” about whether and when the elderly should give up driving completely. The issue is especially sensitive in the case of the royals. The Daily Mail noted: “There’s only one person who can tell him to stop driving. But will she dare to”?
In Great Britain, licenses expire when a person is of 70 years. They are only renewed through a simple self-assessment test.